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Part 1 presents Alison Bechdel. Alison Bechdel is a cartoonist best known for her syndicated comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For which she started in 1983. Bechdel’s comic covers everything from love to politics involving primarily lesbian characters. Dykes To Watch Out For, “…one of the earliest ongoing representations of lesbians in popular culture…,” has been published in various newspapers and magazines, including Funny Times.
Bechdel suspended Dykes To Watch Out For in May 2008 so that she could work on her graphic memoir, Love Life: A Case Study. Bechdel has described this project, which focuses on her relationships, as “the self, subjectivity, desire, the nature of reality, that sort of thing.”
Other works by Bechdel: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, is the story of Bechdel’s relationship with her father. It took seven years to write, and was named by Time magazine as the best book of 2006.
Since its inception in 1983, Alison Bechdel’s comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For has become a countercultural institution. The strip is syndicated in dozens of newspapers, translated into several languages and collected in a series of award-winning books. Utne magazine has listed DTWOF as “one of the greatest hits of the twentieth century.” And Comics Journal says, “Bechdel’s art distills the pleasures of Friends and The Nation; we recognize our world in it, with its sorrows and ironies.”
In addition to her comic strip, Bechdel has also done exclusive work for a slew of publications, including Ms., Slate, the Advocate, and many other newspapers, websites, comic books, and ‘zines.
In 2006, Houghton Mifflin published her graphic memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. The bestselling coming-of-age tale has been called a “mesmerizing feat of familial resurrection” and a “rare, prime example of why graphic novels have taken over the conversation about American literature.”
Bechdel lives near Burlington, Vermont.
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